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CHRIST ALIVE Women’s Witness Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, 09/21/2019 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Annual Silver and Golden Jubilee Mass

Sunday, 09/22/2019 at 2:30 PM

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Luncheon for Life on Thursday

Thursday, 09/26/2019 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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St. Vincent DePaul Parish Mission - three days

Thursday, 09/26/2019 at 4:30 PM -
Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 12:30 PM

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Fall Food Festival

Friday, 09/27/2019 at 5:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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St. James the Greater Fall Fest

Friday, 09/27/2019 at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues

Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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St. Joseph Music Fest

Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Germanfest

Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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All You Can Eat Breakfast and Blood Drive

Sunday, 09/29/2019 at 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Make a good Lent

Looking for ideas to have a spiritually fulfilling Lent? We’ve got you covered.

Make a list of 40 people for whom to pray. Dedicate 40 minutes a day to pray for one person each day, or choose one person for whom to pray for 40 minutes a day for all 40 days.

Attend eucharistic adoration at least once a week.

Choose a person to anonymously receive random acts of kindness.

Give up makeup.

Give up your favorite place to shop.

Visit the elderly.

Donate your time.

Make cooking more plain, go to bed earlier. Work on habits to help be a better person — review them along with morning prayer and seek to be more intentional.

Volunteer at the fish fry.

Pray in front of Planned Parenthood.

Find ways to spend less time on the phone. Give up Facebook for Lent and checking email on the phone. There are apps, such as Moment, that track screen time. Or completely eliminate all screen time — phones, TVs and tablets.

Learn about the practice of Memento Mori (“Remember Your Death: Memento Mori” by Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, available at Pauline Books and Media).

Do your Lenten practice with a friend to hold one another accountable. Mix it up and assign one another a Lenten practice.

Send a hand-written note to someone who has had an influence in your life.

Each day during Lent, call someone with whom you haven’t connected in a while. Use the time to intentionally listen and connect with that person.

Commit to a Lenten practice that extends once Lent is over, such as another day of morning Mass, or another time slot for adoration, or silent time in the afternoon for spiritual reading.

Spiritually adopt priests, seminarians or religious — write to them and let them know you are praying for their vocations.

Visit a deceased loved one at the cemetery.

Give up the snooze button.

Declutter your physical space, and donate the items to a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.

Make a good-deeds jar: For every good deed or sacrifice, add a bead, colorful plastic hearts, jelly beans or other item. Do enough good deeds to fill the jar by Easter.

Make a grapevine wreath filled with toothpicks to represent Jesus’ crown of thorns. As each person makes sacrifice of some kind for Jesus or a neighbor, a thorn is removed from the wreath so it is no longer hurting Jesus. The goal is to teach reparation of sins.

Eat soup every night.

Bury the Alleluia.

Invite others for Friday activities, such as Stations of the Cross or meatless meals.

Memorize the Ten Commandments.

Cover religious images during Lent, bringing all of it back at Easter.

Abstain from a favorite treat and donate the saved money to Rice Bowl. (www.crsricebowl.org)

Volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Introduce yourself at Mass to someone you don’t know.

Avoid gossiping and change the direction conversation that is focused on gossiping.

Attend daily Mass at least once a week.

Turn your phone on airplane mode and spend time doing something creative.

Pray for RCIA candidates and catechumens.

Sit in the lunchroom with someone new at work or school and get to know them better.

Visit residents at a nursing home.

Keep a journal.

Pray for children who will receive their First Communion or Sacrament of Confirmation this spring.

Read “The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice and Communion,” by Lawrence Feingold.

Whatever you do, do it for the love of God.

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